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Old 12-18-2003, 03:50 PM   #1
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Slow start of certain apps under Fluxbox

I'm running Flux (RPM 0.1.14-6mdk) under Mandrake 9.2. After playing with it for few days, I noticed the following problem. When I try to start certain apps, such as GEdit or Kate, it takes helluva time to load (from 1 to 5 min!). The result is the same if I run the app from the console or the Flux menu (huge load time). It affects only certain type(?) of apps, since, for example, Emacs or Xpdf load okay.

When running "ps -e", it displays the process (whether it is kate or gedit), but the program itself doesn't load to X (or it does, but I can't see it).

This only happened under Flux, since everything loaded perfectly under KDE/Gnome.

Any ideas?

P.S. I started "top" in one console, and ran the app (GEdit) from another one. The process of GEdit is displayed in the first console (running "top"), but few second later it disappears. That's not right, IMHO.

Last edited by naijin; 12-18-2003 at 04:01 PM.
Old 12-18-2003, 04:04 PM   #2
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It's because those environments, like Windows, weigh everything down with crap that is preloaded in the overall environment but seems slower when they have to be initializaed for something like flux. It's a form of desktop lockin and I try to avoid all that stuff. Non-GTK/QT apps and such like don't need ESD and Yelp and a bunch of widgets and special libs and whatnot but it drags the Gnome/KDE stuff down.

Still, one to five minutes is excessive. It should be only a matter of a noticeable lag, not a dead freeze, so you may have more serious issues or an underpowered box.
Old 12-18-2003, 05:13 PM   #3
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I guess that is the problem. While running Gaim, and trying to chat with several people (1 window with 4-5 tabs), it freezes. It works okay if I chat with only 1 person.

Anyone encountered same type of problems? I don't feel like switching back to KDE or Gnome...
Old 12-18-2003, 06:39 PM   #4
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Unfortunately the only acceptable solution I've tried is simply not using KDE or Gnome applications. Generally this works for me, but there are a few apps I would like to continue using, such as Quanta.
Old 12-18-2003, 10:30 PM   #5
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Still, I don't think it should take _that_ much time as digiot pointed out.


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